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Retirement or just a change of pace: an Australian national survey of disability day services used by older people with disabilities

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posted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by C Bigby, Susan BalandinSusan Balandin, C Fyffe, J McCubbery, M Gordon
The increasing number of people with disabilities surviving to old age raises questions regarding the type of day support programs necessary to meet their needs. In this paper the results of a national survey of specialist disability day programs used by older2 people with a lifelong disability are discussed. A postal survey of 596 day programs for people with disabilities was conducted, with a response rate of 28%. Findings show that only 19% of service users were aged over 55, and the largest subgroup were people with intellectual disability. Many older people attended programs that were not age specific and a typology of the seven program types utilised was constructed. Individualised planning, flexibility and choice were perceived as fundamental to a successful program. The location of activities in the community, maintenance of social relationships, and opportunities to develop new contacts were also seen as important. Little understanding, however, of the diversity of the ageing process or notions of healthy ageing was demonstrated by service providers, many of whom had limited expectations of older people. Challenges identified in providing day support for older people were lack of financial resources, knowledge and expertise amongst staff, and difficulties interfacing with other service systems.

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Journal

Journal of intellectual and developmental disability

Volume

29

Issue

3

Pagination

239 - 254

Publisher

Informa Healthcare

Location

London, England

ISSN

1366-8250

eISSN

1469-9532

Language

eng

Publication classification

C4.1 Letter or note

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